Conscious Sedation in Westminster, CO.


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Dental anxiety is something experienced by many people when they visit their local dentist. Conscious sedation drugs are designed to help a patient relax and feel comfortable throughout their treatment.

Conscious sedation techniques can help anxious patients get the treatment they need without having to feel overly worried or concerned about the procedure. Not all types of conscious sedation are suitable for all patients, so it’s important to discuss this with Dr. Jorge Rojas during the initial assessment appointment at Monarch Family Dental of Westminster.

What Is Conscious Sedation?

By definition, conscious sedation is a way to relieve dental anxiety via a sedative. When administered, a patient will remain conscious, but they will become far less aware of what is happening, and in some cases, there is little to no memory of the procedure. Conscious sedation differs from general anesthesia, and this is usually favored for procedures that are longer and more complex.

What treatment options are available?

There are many options that can help with the management of pain when you receive treatment at Monarch Family Dental of Westminster. Here is a summary of the most common options.

Local Anaesthesia

This is typically delivered via an injection in the gums. It will gently numb the area that is being treated, and it takes a mere matter of minutes to work. Some dentists will use this in isolation or in tandem with another conscious sedation option listed below.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

For those of you who have any prior experience with laughing gas, this is typically a blend of nitrous oxide and oxygen that gets delivered via a nosepiece. It is designed to give patients a sense of relaxation and calm. Many patients report a sense of feeling floaty and light, and the recovery is quick. There aren’t any effects of this sedation, and it is particularly effective for those with a mild to moderate level of dental anxiety.

Oral Conscious Sedation

This is a sedative delivered in liquid or pill form that is ingested. The medication is dispensed at our office so patients can be monitored throughout treatment.

Patients typically start to feel the effects within 45 minutes. It produces a feeling of deep relaxation while still giving you the ability to cooperate and respond. Many patients don’t remember the details of their treatment, and it is recommended that you rest for a period of 24-hours following the procedure so that the sedation can fully wear off.

The Benefits of Nitrous Oxide

  • It works quickly
  • It is safe
  • It will help you feel relaxed
  • The effect wears off quickly
  • You will remain conscious and responsive throughout


Frequently Asked Questions About Nitrous Oxide

What will conscious sedation feel like?

Every patient will experience slight differences when using conscious sedation. Typically, you can expect to feel relaxed and slightly drowsy. Once the conscious sedation starts to take effect, then any stress, negative feelings, and anxiety will start to subside. Some patients will fall asleep, but still be awake enough to respond to commands.

It could also be accompanied by a feeling of sluggishness or heaviness, and it might be harder to move or lift your limbs. Some people will respond slower to any questions or stimulus, and others might even start to laugh or smile without reason. This was indeed what gave it the nickname of laughing gas many years ago when it was first used.

Are there any potential side effects of conscious sedation?

Typically, some of the side effects that may only last for a couple of hours include drowsiness, slower reflexes, memory loss of what occurred during the procedure, headache, nausea, or lower blood pressure.

How quickly do you recover from conscious sedation?

Recovering from conscious sedation is usually quick, but you will still need to arrange for someone else to drive you home following the procedure. You will always be asked to take the full day off work and that you do not undertake any physical activities until all of the side effects have completely worn off.

Find Out if Conscious Sedation is Right For You

If you would like to speak with our team at Monarch Family Dental of Westminster about whether or not conscious sedation is right for you, please contact us today for a discussion about your individual needs.

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When choosing Monarch Family Dental of Westminster as your family’s home for dental care, you can trust that we are able to care for every aspect of your smile through each stage of life. 

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905 W 124th Ave Ste 130
Westminster, CO 80234

Phone : (303) 920-4900
Email : [email protected]

Hours :
Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm By Appointment Only
Tuesday: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 7:00am – 4:00pm By Appointment Only
Sat, Sun: Closed

Our hours vary on Mondays and Fridays. Please call to learn more.

Monarch Family Dental of Westminster Logo Westminster CO

When choosing Monarch Family Dental of Westminster as your family’s home for dental care, you can trust that we are able to care for every aspect of your smile through each stage of life.

Contact Us

905 W 124Th Ave Ste 130
Westminster, CO 80234

Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 2:00pm
Sat, Sun: Closed